Introducing our new family member, a super intelligent American Staffordshire Terrier (mix). As of this writing she is 1 year old.
Artemis already exceeds the height and weight guidelines of the AKC. I suppose this is evidence towards her being a mixed breed but with what? She stands at 18 inches and weighs 53 pounds. She packs a lot of muscle in a pint-sized container!
People often ask what the difference is between the American Staffordshire terrier and a pit bull. First of all, there is no breed called a pit bull. … Generally speaking, the American Staffordshire terrier is nearly the same breed as the American pit bull terrier. Today, the main difference is in appearance.
Artemis is a registered support dog, registered to me. I can in all sincerity say she is unbelievably loyal to me already. She is my shadow and is on consent alert. She loves my three young grandchildren. In addition we have introduced her to other dogs and she is fine with them.
I like that Artemis resembles her ancestors who once ruled England’s fighting elite. It can be a bit unnerving yet she is sweet and family-oriented. It’s uncanny how patient she is, look at this photo!
Facts About Staffies
Clever, Brave, Tenacious
The Staffordshire Terrier is a breed of dog registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1936.
- AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 80 of 191
- Height: 14-16 inches
- Weight: 28-38 pounds (male), 24-34 pounds (female)
- Life Expectancy: 12-14 years
7/28/2020 Artemis is 1 1/2 years old
and 55 pounds!
The ancestry of the American Staffordshire Terrier, or “Staffie” includes breeds such as the British Staffordshire Bull Terrier, bulldogs and mastiffs. Sadly they were used for bearbaiting which led to the fear many people have of them today.
When bred in America, Staffordshire Terriers were bred for hunting rodents and small game. The breed is strong and courageous. They reached a peak of popularity in the first half of the 20th century.
“Pete” famously appeared in the Our Gang comedies, and the breed personified the all-American pet.
Is our Staffi Purebred?
Pretty close! Here is a photo of Artemis next to a “Staffi.”
We named Artemis after the Greek God Artemis, known as the goddess of wild animals and wilderness. In addition, she was the protector of young children which is meaningful for us because we have young grandchildren.
In literature and art, she was depicted as a huntress carrying a bow and arrow.
More information on American Staffordshire Terriers can be found on the American Kennel Club website:
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Originally posted on March 20, 2020 @ 11:40 am